LIMA — Monday night’s Lima council meeting was the first for 2nd Ward councilor Tony Wilkerson and 4th Ward councilor Peggy Ehora.
They were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, along with other members.
Both Wilkerson and Ehora admited to being a bit nervous prior to the meeting.
“Oh, I’ve got mixed feelings, just careful not to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and I don’t embarrass my kids,” said Wilkerson.
“I’m anxious and in both good ways and bad, I guess. It’s a whole new world for me, even though I served on the school board, city council’s a little different, but I’m excited and humbled and grateful, all those things wrapped into one,” said Ehora.
Both are keeping their eyes wide open.
“I’ve been involved with city council for most of my career and most of the municipalities and a lot of the governmental entities so I understand their role,” said Ehora.
“I’m eager. I’ve got energy. I feel very positive about what’s happening here,” said Wilkerson.
Council also approved committee assignments for 2020:
• Finance: Jon Neeper, Carla Thompson and Derry Glenn
• Safety Services: Jamie Dixon, Tony Wilkerson and Carla Thompson
• Utilities: Todd Gordon, Jamie Dixon and Jon Neeper
• Public Works: Peggy Ehora, Jon Neeper and Todd Gordon
• Neighborhood Concerns: Derry Glenn, Peggy Ehora and Tony Wilkerson
• Community & Economic Development: Carla Thompson, Derry Glenn and Peggy Ehora
• Human Resources: Tony Wilkerson, Todd Gordon and Jamie Dixon.
In other business of note, Lima council:
• Entered into a contract with Mullin & Lonergan Associates for preparation of a 5-year consolidated plan (CDBG-HOME Plan) and the associated Annual Action Plan for the Department of Community Development.
• Authorized the mayor to enter into a CRA Tax Exemption agreement with Lima 315, LLC. This concerns the renovation of a three-story building at 315 to 319 N. Elizabeth St. The agreement calls for a 50% tax abatement for a maximum of 12 years. The developer plans to renovate the building which will house seven apartments.
• Approved changes to the strength ordinance for Lima Municipal Court probation officers, adding one part-time Drug Court Coordinator for the two drug courts.
• Amended Lima Civil Service Board rules denying seasonal workers who work 720 hours or less a year access to vacation or sick time.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.